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Unit description

This unit is designed to introduce students to the legal system, business law, consumer law and company law and related matters. It is important for all persons, accountants and business administrators to have an appreciation of the role played by law in regulating and serving society and the business community. The legal principles will be examined in relation to commercial transactions and business and other associations. The unit will also examine the ways in which society, the legislature and the judiciary affect the lawmaking process, enabling it to meet the changing needs of society. This unit also involves the study of the law of negligence and examines corporations law with regard to formation, operation, administration, corporate governance and fundraising. This will include a detailed study of the law relating to directors and management, members' rights and financing of a corporation. We will examine in detail the Corporations Act and relevant case law.

Unit content

  • The Australian Legal System
  • The Courts and the legal profession
  • The Australian Constitution
  • The law of Contract Part 1
  • The law of Contract Part 2
  • Law of torts - Negligence
  • The law of Agency
  • The law of Partnerships
  • Company law Part 1
  • Company law Part 2

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Understand the structure of the legal system and the legal implications of problems and proposals relating to commercial transactionsKnowledge of a discipline
2Explain the legal rules and principles in those areas of law that may be encountered by business professionalsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3Understand and analyse the legal aspects of business transactions, consumer protection laws, the duty of care principles in the law of negligence, agency, partnerships and companies, particularly in respect of the rights, obligations, duties and liabilities of agents, partners, company members and directorsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4Analyse the legal issues in complex consumer and corporation situations and apply relevant legal principles to the resolution of these issues, and express this in clear and logical languageIntellectual rigourCreativityCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the structure of the legal system and the legal implications of problems and proposals relating to commercial transactions
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Explain the legal rules and principles in those areas of law that may be encountered by business professionals
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Understand and analyse the legal aspects of business transactions, consumer protection laws, the duty of care principles in the law of negligence, agency, partnerships and companies, particularly in respect of the rights, obligations, duties and liabilities of agents, partners, company members and directors
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Analyse the legal issues in complex consumer and corporation situations and apply relevant legal principles to the resolution of these issues, and express this in clear and logical language
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Commonwealth Government, 2017, Australian Corporations Legislation, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409336863.
  • Lindgren, KE, 2011, Vermeesch and Lindgren’s Business Law of Australia, 12th edn, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409328172.
  • The following Act may be downloaded, free of charge, from http://www.austlii.edu.au: Commonwealth Government, Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), AUSTLII.
  • There is also an eBook version (ISBN: 9780409329018). Students wishing to purchase the eBook (which cannot be obtained via the Co-op) should firstly email their request to marietta.gunn@lexisnexis.com.au, who will then provide a Promotion code which enables a 15% discount. The code is then to be redeemed via the publishers Online Bookshop site: https://store.lexisnexis.com.au/. Reference for eBook: Lindgren, KE, 2011, Vermeesch and Lindgren’s Business Law of Australia, 12th edn. ISBN: 9780409329018.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%
Notice

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